Easy BWCA Canoe Trips
Ideal Canoe Trips of 3 to 5 days
Caribou Lake Route
This is a scenic but modest route into the wilderness that starts on Poplar Lake and heads south thru Liz
and down into Horseshoe and Gaskin Lakes. You can move around with your camps or you can base camp and explore by the day. The bass and walleye fishing is decent, there is an abundance of moose habitat and plenty of beaver. The portages are modest -- not as rocky or as long as on other routes. The lakes tend to be more sheltered and less impacted by the winds. Many people come back out to Poplar Lake at the end of their trip -- a few extend this package a couple of days and make it more of an adventure by coming out of the wilderness at Ham Lake making their travel into a loop.
Ham Lake Route
This nearby waterway has easier portages (actually your hardest one is the first one you come to), and smaller lakes. Most visitors go past Ham Lake to Cross Bay with it's pretty lily pad filled bays and moose feeding areas. You can usually chase up a walleye or two for dinner to go along with your exploring and watching the wildlife. You will probably explore 5 or 6 lakes in this waterway system and travel over 5 or 6 easy portages during your trip. While you do not travel many miles it is still a quiet and tucked away area in pure wilderness. This route is very nice for families with smaller children.
Seagull/Saganaga Lake Route
Your trip starts on the north side of Seagull and you have 4 miles of paddling along the island studded north shore of the lake. Then comes the longest of your three portages during the trip -- it is a bit over 100 rods-about 1/3 mile long. Beautiful Alpine Lake just begs to be explored and fished and is a very good spot to spend your first camping nights.
Then you move on to Red Rock Lake for another night or two. This lake tends to be more remote with fewer visitors. The fishing is usually good for walleye and bass. On your last day you take the short portage over to Saganaga Lake and you can paddle a few miles to the pickup landing, or you can be met by a tow boat for a fast ride back to the road head and our waiting van. This easy trip works well for soft fishermen, easy going couples and families. This route was impacted by the Ham lake fire of a few years ago, so now you have the opportunity to see a new forest coming back. This transition in the growth of the forest is a time when there are more blueberry patches, more moose feeding on the young trees and bushes, and more bird life.